The AMBER Alert is a voluntary partnership involving law enforcement agencies, broadcasters, transportation, and other agencies. During an AMBER Alert, an urgent news bulletin is broadcast over the airwaves, as well as, highway alert signs and a variety of other notification systems to enlist the aid of the public in finding an abducted child and stopping a perpetrator. The following criteria must be met to initiate an AMBER Alert:
- Law enforcement confirms the child is under 18 years of age.
- Law enforcement believes the abduction poses a credible threat of immediate danger or serious bodily harm or death to the child.
- There is sufficient descriptive information about the child, the suspect, and/or the circumstances surrounding the abduction to believe that activation of the alert will help locate the child.
- A law enforcement agency determines the child is not a runaway and has not been abducted as a result of a family abduction, unless the investigation determines the child is in immediate danger of serious bodily harm or death.